Dr. Chesney-Lind survived the 1947 Woodward, Oklahoma twister

Reading about the latest series of deadline tornadoes to hit Oklahoma is an emotional experience for Dr. Chesney-Lind, who survived a hit by one of that state’s deadliest tornadoes when she was just a few months old.

What still ranks as the deadliest tornado to ever hit the State of Oklahoma swept up from Texas on the evening of April 9, 1947, striking the town of Woodward at 8:42 p.m. with the power of an F5 storm. At least 107 people were killed and nearly another 1,000 injured in Woodward alone. Over 100 city blocks, and more than 1,000 homes and businesses in the city were destroyed.

Meda and her mother were trapped when a wall of their home fell on top of them. They were rescued later by a neighbor digging through the rubble.

–>Read her mother’s recollection of the tornado, and see family photographs of the devastation

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